Nate Thayer, a freelance journalist, carries his email exchanges with an editor at The Atlantic on its attempts to get him to revamp a piece on the "basketball diplomacy" of Dennis Rodman in North Korea free in exchange for the large platform it would reach. Thayer's exchange reflects an emerging trend of platform-as-currency for creators.
Twitter is often cited as a gauge of public opinion, but a new Pew study suggests it is more often than not more of an extreme indication. The study examined eight events over the course of a year and found that general public opinion differed from what the Twitterverse produced. There is no particular theme involved: at times it is more liberal, at times more conservative.
Publishers are charging more and offering fewer free articles as they develop more metered delivery of their content online. The paidContent site examines data from more than 400 publishers in the Press+ fold and found the average subscription price was $9.26 in January, up five per cent from a year earlier and 40 per cent from two years earlier. And fewer free pieces were being offered before a paywall cut off the reader.